There has been an uproar in social media over the downplaying of the deliberate killing of the Aljazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aklah by Israeli sniper fire in Jenin city on Wednesday 11 May, by Western news agencies, politicians and the Israeli government officials.

This atrocity comes close to the annual commemoration of Nakba Day, Palestinian Catastrophe on Sunday 15 May leading to the destruction of Palestinian society and exile from their homeland with the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, and their oppression and suffering ever since.

Palestinian guard carry the coffin of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aklah following a state service at the presidential headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on 12 May 2022. (ABBAS MOMANI/AFP)

Shireen, 51, a Palestinian-American Christian, who had a long track record of covering news stories for Al Jazeera Arabic for over 25 years, was a passionate and brave journalist who risked her life to highlight Israel’s brutal raids, oppression and atrocities against Palestinians.

Ten of thousands of Palestinians attended her funeral at the Palestinian Authority’s presidential compound on Thursday 12 May 2022 in the occupied West Bank city from where her body was taken to Qalandia checkpoint, between Ramallah and Jerusalem.

Her burial will take place on Friday in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Although US politicians and officials have condemned her killing, they failed to mentioned Israel by name as the perpetrator of the deadly incident in spite of eye witness reports and video evidence.

Democrat Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of Palestinian origins called for a moment of silence for the Shireen on the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday 11 May and condemned the killing in her statements.

“An American journalist clearly marked with press credentials was murdered. Doing and saying nothing just enables more killings. Whether you’re Palestinian, American, or not, being killed with US funding must stop,” Rashida said.

She further added, “we need to investigate, ourselves, the killing of an American citizen. Somebody that was out there being a guardian of truth and doing her job was murdered by an apartheid government that we continue to fund with unconditional aid.”